Jensen Charges Dropped

Jensen Charges Dropped

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The state won't pursue forced chemotherapy or custody of Parker Jensen, and his parents are no longer facing medical neglect charges.

That's from Juvenile Court Judge Robert Yeates, who ruled only moments ago that the state's case against the parents is over.

Court documents detailing the results will be released at three this afternoon.

Daren and Barbara Jensen were in court today for a pre-trial hearing that ended the battle over their 12-year-old son's cancer treatment.

The Jensens are free to pursue whatever treatment they want for their son's cancer.

Daren Jensen says "It's great to be parents again, and it's great to not have somebody watching over you."

The boy was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma back in May.

The state ordered Parker turned over to their custody to receive chemotherapy but the Jensens fled Utah. The couple was charged with felony kidnapping, but after a series of negotiations between lawyers and the state, the kidnapping charges were dropped.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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